Accessibility Toolkit

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support you in turning the Ontario government's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation, that directs university policy and library procedures, into everyday practices in your library or department.

The AODA's five standards give concrete directions for making the province's services and resources accessible. All of our accessibility initiatives should support the AODA's four principles:

  1. Dignity — self-respect and the respect of others
  2. Independence — do things without unnecessary help from others
  3. Integration — same service, same way
  4. Equal Opportunity — same options, chances and benefits

Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation

The AODA's five standards are consolidated within the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR).

The IASR's first section includes General requirements for all standards. The five standards include:

What is disability?

Disability is more than just physical and visible. A 2017 survey on disabilities conducted by Statistics Canada showed that among youth, mental health and learning disabilities are the most common types of disabilities. 

The AODA embraces a broadened definition of disability.

Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017. 2018. In The Daily. Retrieved January 2, 2020, from